Job 5:13
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New International Version
He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.

New Living Translation
He traps the wise in their own cleverness so their cunning schemes are thwarted.

English Standard Version
He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.

New American Standard Bible
"He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.

King James Bible
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He traps the wise in their craftiness so that the plans of the deceptive are quickly brought to an end.

International Standard Version
He captures the wise in their own craftiness, bringing a quick end to their cunning advice.

NET Bible
He catches the wise in their own craftiness, and the counsel of the cunning is brought to a quick end.

New Heart English Bible
He takes the wise in their own craftiness; the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He catches the wise with their own tricks. The plans of schemers prove to be hasty.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness; And the counsel of the wily is carried headlong.

New American Standard 1977
“He captures the wise by their own shrewdness
            And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He takes the wise in their own prudence, and the counsel of his adversaries is turned to folly.

King James 2000 Bible
He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the cunning is quickly ended.

American King James Version
He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the fraudulent is carried headlong.

American Standard Version
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness; And the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who catcheth the wise in their craftiness, and disappointeth the counsel of the wicked:

Darby Bible Translation
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness; and the counsel of the wily is carried headlong:

English Revised Version
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

Webster's Bible Translation
He taketh the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong.

World English Bible
He takes the wise in their own craftiness; the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.

Young's Literal Translation
Capturing the wise in their subtilty, And the counsel of wrestling ones was hastened,
Study Bible
Eliphaz Continues
12"He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success. 13"He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted. 14"By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: "He catches the wise in their craftiness."

Job 15:5
"For your guilt teaches your mouth, And you choose the language of the crafty.

Job 37:24
"Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise of heart."

Jeremiah 8:8
"How can you say, 'We are wise, And the law of the LORD is with us'? But behold, the lying pen of the scribes Has made it into a lie.

Jeremiah 18:18
Then they said, "Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah. Surely the law is not going to be lost to the priest, nor counsel to the sage, nor the divine word to the prophet! Come on and let us strike at him with our tongue, and let us give no heed to any of his words."
Treasury of Scripture

He takes the wise in their own craftiness: and the counsel of the fraudulent is carried headlong.

taketh.

2 Samuel 15:31,34 And one told David, saying, Ahithophel is among the conspirators …

2 Samuel 17:23 And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled …

Esther 6:4-11 And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the …

Esther 7:10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. …

Esther 9:25 But when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letters that …

Psalm 7:15,16 He made a pit, and dig it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made…

Psalm 9:15,16 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which …

Psalm 35:7,8 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which …

Luke 1:51 He has showed strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in …

1 Corinthians 1:19,20 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will …

of the froword.

Psalm 18:26 With the pure you will show yourself pure; and with the fraudulent …

Proverbs 3:32 For the fraudulent is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is …

(13) He taketh the wise.--St. Paul quotes the former half of this verse in his warning to the Corinthians (1Corinthians 3:19): "The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness." The word rendered "froward" means crooked, perverse, or tortuous. The name Naphtali is derived from the same root (Genesis 30:8).

Verse 13. - He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. Men are, as Shakespeare says, "hoist with their own petard." They "fall into their own nets together" (Psalm 141:11), while the godly, their intended prey, "escape them." And this is God's doing - it is his providence which brings it to pass. And the counsel of the froward is carried headlong; or, "put to confusion" (Lee). He taketh the wise in their own craftiness,.... As beasts are taken in a pit, or birds in a snare or net, or with birdlime; so these crafty men, who are wise in their own opinion, and really so in things natural, civil, and worldly, or however, to do evil are entangled and taken in their own schemes; they fall into the pit they have digged for others, and are snared in the works of their own hands, as Haman and his sons were hanged on the gallows he prepared for Mordecai, Esther 7:10; or, "by their own craftiness" (q), by the crafty schemes they themselves have formed: so sometimes those very things crafty men design to prevent, are brought about by the very means they make use of; thus Joseph's brethren designed to prevent the accomplishment of his dreams, which portended their subjection to him, Genesis 37:9, by selling him to the Ishmaelites, who carried him to Egypt, where, in process of time, he was made governor of the land, and where his brethren became obedient to him, Genesis 42:6; with which fact Eliphaz might be acquainted, it being not long before his time: so the Jews, to prevent the Romans taking away their city and nation, contrived to put Christ to death, and did, whereby they brought the wrath of God upon them, executed by those very persons; the same they did also, to prevent the spread of his fame and glory in the world, and that he might not be believed on as the Saviour of men, whereas, hereby he became the Saviour of them; and he a crucified Christ, being preached to the world by his ministers, the savour of his knowledge has been diffused in every place, his glory great in all the earth, and will be more so: the Targum applies this to the wise men of Pharaoh, and the Apostle Paul to the Jewish doctors and wise philosophers of the Gentiles, 1 Corinthians 3:19; which quotation proves the authority of this book:

and the counsel of the froward is carried headlong: that is, the counsel or well contrived schemes of the crafty and wise before mentioned, who twist and wind about, as the word (r) here used signifies, that there is no tracing their measures, and finding out the spring of them, nor the ends they have in view; yet these are sometimes carried on to execution in a rash and precipitate manner, and so miscarry; and like a man that is had to a precipice, and is thrown down from thence, and is destroyed at once, so are their counsels and schemes dashed to pieces by the providence of God: or, "is hastened" (s); too much haste is made to accomplish it, and so it comes to nought, through an over eagerness to have it done at once; not waiting a fit opportunity for the accomplishment of it.

(q) "per suam ipsorum astutiam", Schultens. (r) "intorquentium", Schmidt; "tortuosorum", Schultens. (s) "festinata, ab origine festinandi", Schultens. 13. Paul (1Co 3:19) quoted this clause with the formula establishing its inspiration, "it is written." He cites the exact Hebrew words, not as he usually does the Septuagint, Greek version (Ps 9:15). Haman was hanged on the gallows he prepared for Mordecai (Es 5:14; 7:10).

the wise—that is, "the cunning."

is carried headlong—Their scheme is precipitated before it is ripe.5:6-16 Eliphaz reminds Job, that no affliction comes by chance, nor is to be placed to second causes. The difference between prosperity and adversity is not so exactly observed, as that between day and night, summer and winter; but it is according to the will and counsel of God. We must not attribute our afflictions to fortune, for they are from God; nor our sins to fate, for they are from ourselves. Man is born in sin, and therefore born to trouble. There is nothing in this world we are born to, and can truly call our own, but sin and trouble. Actual transgressions are sparks that fly out of the furnace of original corruption. Such is the frailty of our bodies, and the vanity of all our enjoyments, that our troubles arise thence as the sparks fly upward; so many are they, and so fast does one follow another. Eliphaz reproves Job for not seeking God, instead of quarrelling with him. Is any afflicted? let him pray. It is heart's ease, a salve for every sore. Eliphaz speaks of rain, which we are apt to look upon as a little thing; but if we consider how it is produced, and what is produced by it, we shall see it to be a great work of power and goodness. Too often the great Author of all our comforts, and the manner in which they are conveyed to us, are not noticed, because they are received as things of course. In the ways of Providence, the experiences of some are encouragements to others, to hope the best in the worst of times; for it is the glory of God to send help to the helpless, and hope to the hopeless. And daring sinners are confounded, and forced to acknowledge the justice of God's proceedings.
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